Abraham Smith will read selections from his new book, DESTRUCTION OF MAN — a book-length poem about small scale family farming in the midst of the get-big-or-get-out mantra and foghorn.
The program will also feature readings from Mark Ehling and music from acoustic string band Blue Yodel No. 9.
About Abraham Smith:
Abraham Smith is the author of four poetry collections: Ashagalomancy (Action Books, 2015); Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer (Action Books, 2014); Hank (Action Books, 2010); and Whim Man Mammon (Action Books, 2007). In 2015, he released Hick Poetics (Lost Roads Press), a co-edited anthology of contemporary rural American poetry and related essays. His creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
About Blue Yodel No. 9:
Blue Yodel No. 9 is an acoustic string band quartet from Saint Paul, Minnesota, taking their name from the classic Jimmie Roger’s song. Blue Yodel No. 9 draws inspiration from the music of bluegrass, country, blues and swing performers from Hank Williams to the Delmore Brothers to Jimmy Reed to Bob Wills and the occasional take on more modern songs. The Blue Yodelers are: John Whitehead on vocals, guitar, mandolin and banjo; Ross Johnson on vocals, six string and slide guitars and harmonica; John Haer on vocals and upright bass; Mandy Fassett on fiddle, mandolin and vocals.
About Mark Ehling:
Mark Ehling is a writer and artist living in Edina, Minnesota. His stories, comics, plays, and films have appeared widely, and he is the author of a book of short stories, _River Dead of Minneapolis Scavenged by Teenagers